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6 Revelations From Leah Remini's Scientology Series

It premiered Tuesday

(Newser) - Leah Remini's eight-part A&E docu-series, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, premiered Tuesday, and brought with it the expected accusations of statutory rape and physical abuse against the church, USA Today reports. Tidbits from the premiere episode, which featured Remini interviewing ex-Scientologists, as well as new interviews Remini... More »

Trailer for Remini's Scientology Series Alleges Rape, Beatings

Series premieres Nov. 29

(Newser) - The first trailer for Leah Remini's Scientology docuseries is out , and it's about as shocking as you might expect. As the Hollywood Reporter notes, it features former church members discussing child rape and beatings, among other things. Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath starts airing on A&E... More »

Memoir From Scientology Leader's Dad May Be Due to Leah Remini

'His story is important'

(Newser) - Actress Leah Remini, who knows a thing or two about Scientology memoirs, says she prompted the father of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige to write his own memoir, which is slated to be published May 3, Us Magazine reports. "His story is important," Remini tells ABC News... More »

Remini's 5 Strangest Claims About Tom Cruise's Wedding

Including Suri Cruise being treated very oddly

(Newser) - During her 20/20 interview Friday, Leah Remini revealed that it was at Tom Cruise's 2006 wedding to Katie Holmes that she first began to seriously doubt Scientology. And now the New York Daily News has published excerpts from Remini's Scientology exposé Troublemaker , out tomorrow, in which she discusses... More »

Leah Remini: Scientologists Can't Criticize Tom Cruise

You're 'evil' if you do, she says in new interview

(Newser) - Leah Remini famously left the Church of Scientology, and in a new interview with ABC News , she seems to imply Tom Cruise may have been part of the reason why. "Being critical of Tom Cruise is being critical of Scientology itself ... you are evil," she says in a... More »

OITNB Star Laura Prepon: Scientology Is 'Magic'

Because you're a thetan, or something

(Newser) - Love Laura Prepon in Orange Is the New Black? Thank Scientology. The actress says the religion lets her easily access her emotions on screen but shut them down off screen, and that ability has generally transformed her life. "It's magic, it really is," she swoons, per Gawker... More »

Scientologists Angry About Unflattering Documentary

'Going Clear' due to premiere on Jan. 25

(Newser) - A documentary about Scientology debuts at Sundance later this month, and the church is not happy about it. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, from filmmaker Alex Gibney, includes interviews with people who have left the religion behind, and starting today, the Church of Scientology is expected to... More »

Tom Cruise: Suri's Not a Scientologist Anymore

Admits Katie Holmes left him because of the religion

(Newser) - You can all stop worrying about Suri Cruise: She's not a Scientologist anymore, dad Tom Cruise recently admitted. Cruise sat for a deposition as part of his lawsuit against a tabloid that claimed he ditched his daughter, and that's when the revelation occurred, TMZ reports. Cruise also admitted—... More »

'Blacklisted' Leah Remini Quits Scientology

Faced interrogations for questioning leader: sources

(Newser) - Actress Leah Remini is publicly saying sayonara to the Church of Scientology, and sources say it's because she endured years of "interrogations" and "thought modification" for questioning leader David Miscavige, Us Weekly reports. Remini was apparently blacklisted by the church for asking an incredibly tough question back... More »

Ugly Feud Erupts Among Scientologists

Organization 'obsessed with fundraising,' disgruntled member says

(Newser) - A leading Scientologist is attempting to spark a revolt against chief David Miscavige, who has led the organization since the death of L. Ron Hubbard 26 years ago. Miscavige has ignored the teaching of L. Ron Hubbard and turned Scientology into a fundraising machine that bleeds wealthy members dry to... More »

Scientology Files Fraud Appeal in France

Church and leaders were convicted in 2009

(Newser) - The Church of Scientology opened an appeal today of a 2009 fraud conviction in France , reports the AP . The original case convicted Scientology's French branch, bookstore, and six leaders of fraud related to pressuring members into paying for expensive but questionable treatments, as well as harassing recruits. The church... More »

Scientologists Buy Hollywood Studio

Organization snaps up historic Sunset Boulevard site

(Newser) - Whether or not you want to see more movies based on L. Ron Hubbard's writings—and most critics who saw Battlefield: Earth would sooner go blind—Scientologists now have the facilities to make them. The controversial organization has bought a landmark movie studio in Hollywood from a struggling public... More »

Inside Scientology: Abuse, Human Trafficking, FBI Probes

Extensive Paul Haggis profile reveals allegations against church

(Newser) - The New Yorker ’s massive, 26-page takedown of Scientology is here, and it discloses—among other things—that the FBI has been investigating the church on suspicion of human trafficking for more than a year. Staff writer Lawrence Wright offers an extensive profile of ex-Scientologist Paul Haggis, the writer-director... More »

Russia Bans Scientology Texts

Works of L. Ron Hubbard labeled 'extremist'

(Newser) - The works of L. Ron Hubbard are no longer welcome in Russia. Officials say they intercepted a shipment of books and recordings by the Scientology founder and decided that they should be banned as extremist literature that "undermines the traditional spiritual values of the citizens of the Russian Federation.... More »

Kirstie's Weight Loss Plan: Scientology Scheme?

Alley's 'Organic Liaison' has links to church

(Newser) - Kirstie Alley’s new weight loss program may just be one more way for the church of Scientology to make money. An anti-Scientology campaign group first uncovered a link between the two: “Organic Liaison” combines an organic diet with “organic and natural diet supplements,” but critics believe... More »

Scientologists Fight to Block German Film on Sect

Critical film is 'intolerant propaganda,' group claims

(Newser) - The Church of Scientology is trying to block a a German TV movie that depicts the organization as totalitarian, dangerous, and unethical. Scientology leaders say the film—based on a true story of a young family torn apart by the organization—is propaganda designed to "create a mood of... More »

Katie Holmes Prepping for Baby No. 2

Tom Cruise wants another, and she's doing a lot of 'auditing'

(Newser) - Suri Cruise may soon be getting a present even better than her $30,000 toy car or $850 handbag : a little brother or sister. Katie Holmes has been spending more time than usual at the Hollywood Scientology Center—more than four hours last week—leading some to believe she’s... More »

How the Scientologists Are 'Helping' Haiti

Scientology volunteers brought no food or supplies, just touch healing

(Newser) - A tipster who traveled to Haiti on a Scientology plane gives Gawker a firsthand account of how the religion is ineptly attempting to help. The "completely unprepared" volunteers planned to buy food once they got there instead of bringing it along, "but there was no food and no... More »

Travolta Lands Relief Jet in Haiti

Actor bringing plane back to US after unloading supplies, medics and ministers

(Newser) - John Travolta has landed his private jet in Haiti, loaded with relief supplies, medics, and Scientology ministers. The actor's Boeing 707 brought 4 tons of ready-to-eat military rations and medical supplies, the AP reports. Travolta and his wife, Kelly Preston, plan to return to Florida after unloading the cargo and... More »

How Larry Anderson Spent $150K on Scientology

He wants money back for services he never received

(Newser) - Scientology has a longstanding reputation as an expensive religion—but now that Larry Anderson's story is out in the open, details are emerging about exactly where believers’ money goes. Here’s how Anderson—who now wants nearly $120,000 back from the church he’s leaving—spent some of the... More »

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